Uber for Business launches in Indonesia. Service lets company pick up tab for staff travel

Uber logo is seen on a vehicle near Union Square in San Francisco, California. Reuters.

Global ride-hailing app major Uber Technologies, which encountered a rather bumpy road in Indonesia, continues to step on the pedal with new offerings and services to entrench itself in south-east Asia’s sizable market.

The latest from its stable is Uber for Business, a solution that allows hiring and paying for car services as a seamless exercise for corporate users. It allows corporates, with whom it has a tieup, to pick the tab directly for the services used by employees.

Karun Arya, Uber spokesperson said, “a centralized billing system will help administrators, team leads, and small business owners by providing trip information in place of receipts.” Employees are saved from the hassle of having to file expenses (no more paper receipts), he added. The entire process of applying for and processing transport reimbursements can be made redundant, the company said.

The service was first piloted in Indonesia in 2015. And, it is now being rolled out to corporates in Bali, Bandung, and Jakarta.

Uber claims thousands of companies in these cities had signed up for the service.

Since its launch in Jakarta in 2014, the San Francisco-based company has not had a smooth ride and continues to face scrutiny from traditional cab operators and law enforcement officials.

Nevertheless, the ride-hailing app continues to introduce new services in Indonesia. In fact, only weeks back, it launched UberCHOPPER in Jakarta to ferry passengers to the island of Bali.

Uber is also planning to set up a company in Indonesia, complying with the local government requirements. The legal entity is expected to be functional in 2016. Arya said, the company had submitted a permit request to the Coordinating Investment Agency (BKPM).

Uber has been carrying out its business activities throughout Southeast Asia via several representative offices, which supervise its activities across Jakarta, Bali, Bandung in West Java, Bangkok in Thailand, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Melbourne in Australia.

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